The Brazilian Collection of Environmental and Industrial Microorganisms - CBMAI was established in January 2002 at the Chemical, Biological and Agricultural Pluridisciplinary Research Center (CPQBA) with the support of State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) and Research and Projects Financing (FINEP).
CBMAI is a service collection with the mission of acting as a Biological Resource Center (definition of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development - OECD), dedicated to the preservation, storage and distribution of microorganisms and its associated information as well as its taxonomic characterization and identification contributing to the Brazilian industrial, scientific and technological development.
The collection holds microbial strains for biotechnological, educational and taxonomic (reference and type strains) applications and it contains microbial biological material restricted to risk groups 1 and 2 (according to the classification of the World Health Organization - WHO), which include bacteria, fungi and yeasts. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are accepted for depositing when belonging to risk groups 1 or 2 according to the Brazilian classification (CTNBio).
CBMAI staff has expertise in microbiology and systematics of bacteria and fungi, with large experience in polyphasic taxonomy, molecular systematics, phylogeny and application of culture-independent methods for the microbial diversity characterization in environmental and industrial samples (eg. water, soil, oil, raw materials and manufactured products).